Sally Bretton

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Sally Bretton
Sally Davis

1975/1976 (age 46–47)[1]
Years active1987, 1990, 2000–present

Sally Davis (born 1975/1976),[1] known professionally as Sally Bretton, is an English actress. She is best known for appearing as Lucy Adams in the long-running BBC television sitcom Not Going Out since 2007, and as Martha Lloyd in the BBC1 crime drama Death in Paradise between 2016 and 2017, a role she reprised in the spin-off Beyond Paradise in 2023.

She has featured in the TV programmes Absolute Power, Green Wing and The Office. In 2008, she played Goneril in Shakespeare's King Lear at Shakespeare's Globe.

Early life

Bretton trained in London at the Central School of Speech and Drama,[2] and worked as a drama teacher at Top Hat Stage and Screen School.[3][when?] She chose the professional name Bretton as a Sally Davis was already registered with actors' union Equity.[1]

Personal life

Bretton and her husband, Lee,[4] a photographer, have three daughters.[1] She grew up in a small town in Hertfordshire and as of 2015 resided near Hitchin, Hertfordshire.[1]



Year Film Role Notes
2000 Peaches Amy
2001 Goodbye Charlie Bright Susan
2001 Tim Nice-But-Dim's Guide to Being a Bloody Nice Bloke Television film
2001 Wayne and Waynetta's Guide to Wedded Bliss Television film
2001 Happy Together Debi Television film
2005 Open Wide Karen Television film
2005 Blackbeard: Terror at Sea Mary Ormond Television film
2004 If... We Eradicate Violent Crime Dr. Sally Price Television film
2007 A Fitting Tribute Tammy Short film
Edinburgh International Film Festival Official Selection
2007 Outlaw Kelly
2020 Swan Donna Short film


Year Show Episode(s) Role
1987 Napoleon & Josephine Episodes 1.1 & 1.2 Hortense de Beauharnais as Child
1990 Screen One "Can You Hear Me Thinking" Jenny
2000 Brand Spanking New Show Various roles
2000 Sunburn "Unexpected Love and Golf" Lisa
2001 The Office 4 episodes Donna
2001 Night & Day 6 episodes Lisa
2001 Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible "Lesbian Vampire Lovers of Lust" Carmina
2001 Doctors "Passive Resistance" Chrissie Devonish
2001 Armstrong and Miller Episode 4.1 Emma
2001 Beast "Cow" Carly
2003 Absolute Power Cat Durnford
2003 Blue Murder Pilot episode Grassmere
2004 Wild West "The Film Crew" Victoria
2004–06 Green Wing 16 episodes (2005-2007) Kim Alabaster
2005 Blessed Mary Hathaway
2006 Vincent Episode 2.3 Tina
2006 The Bill Episoded 382 & 383 Dee Collier
2006 Snuff Box "Love Triangle" Pretty Lady Walking Dog
2007 How Not to Live Your Life Pilot episode Abby
2007 Hotel Babylon Series 2, episode 6 Elizabeth Scott
2007 Casualty "Stitch" Stevie Thornell
2007–present Not Going Out 80 episodes Lucy Adams
2009 My Family "2039: A Christmas Oddity" Cheryl
2010 Lewis "Your Sudden Death Question" Eve Rigby
2011 Casualty "A Quiet Life" Suki Williams
2016 Agatha Raisin Series 1, episode 2 Amanda Ballard
2016–2017 Death in Paradise Episode 5.8, 6.1, 6.3-6.4, 6.6 Martha Lloyd
2018 Thanks for the Memories Sarah
2023 Beyond Paradise Martha Lloyd


Year Venue Show Role
2002 Oxford Stage Company/ UK tour Hay Fever Sorel
2002 Library Theatre, Manchester Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey
2003 Theatre Royal, Bath/Tour Present Laughter Daphne
2004 Library Theatre, Manchester All My Sons Ann Deever
2004 Royal Exchange, Manchester A Conversation Gail Williams
2006–07 Shakespeare's Globe, London In Extremis Heloise
2008 Shakespeare's Globe, London King Lear Goneril
2018 Vaudeville Theatre, London / Theatre Royal, Bath An Ideal Husband Lady Chiltern
2020 Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Dial M for Murder Margot Wendice


Year Station Show Role
2003 BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play: Seven Floors[5]
2012–13 BBC Radio 4 Births, Deaths and Marriages[6] Mary
2014 BBC Radio 4 Start/Stop Alice (series 2)


  • Nominated
    • 2002 – Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards
      Best Actress (Theatre) – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


  1. ^ a b c d e Wallop, Harry (21 December 2015). "Sally Bretton: 'That wasn't my bum. I went for an upgrade'". The Daily Telegraph.
  2. ^ Actaeon Films Ltd. "Actaeon Films". Archived from the original on 21 April 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Not Going Out star Sally Bretton on her latest role in Dial M for Murder". Glasgow Times. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Lee Mack on Not Going Out becoming the longest running BBC sitcom on air". BBC. 14 January 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Seven Floors". Radio Listings.
  6. ^ "Births, Deaths and Marriages - BBC Radio 4". BBC.

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